The Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship foundation

Excellence Redefined

The Grace Fort Gouldsby
Scholarship Foundation

Excellence Redifined

"Helping the Future Grow One Mind at a Time"

The Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships for the purpose of recognizing high school seniors in the state of Texas who have demonstrated outstanding and committed service in their community as well as academic excellence. This award is intended to provide financial assistance to such students in attaining their educational and career goals.

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2020-2021 Recipients

Nazir Carter

Nazhir is a 2020 graduate of The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas. He was a member of The Colony High School Marching Band as a percussionist and member of The Colony High Track & Field team. Nazhir is an Honors Freshman beginning his collegiate journey at Prairie View A&M University majoring in Communications with a minor in Music. His career goal after college is to develop his skill set and gift of communicating not just with words, but through sound and to pursue a career in Music Technology

Katherine Romero

Katherine is a graduate of South Early College High School in Houston, Texas. Throughout high school, she was involved in various organizations such as the National Honor Society, SUPERGirls Shine Foundation, her school’s yearbook committee, and a part of the volleyball and gardening club. She volunteered at her local church as a video and sound technician,   Houston Food Bank, and at blood drives held by her school. Katherine is now attending Houston Baptist University where she is majoring in Nursing in hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Jered Wilson

Jered Wilson

Jered was a member of the Southwest Suburban Dallas Teen Chapter from February of 2014-2018 and last served as Vice-President.  During his tenure at Red Oak High School, Jared was their number one player of the varsity tennis team since his freshman year.  He was a UIL Tennis State Qualifier his sophomore year and a State finalist his junior year.  Jered was the Treasurer of the National Honor Society and graduated number 9 out of 464 graduating seniors.

In the community, Jered volunteers to help teach tennis to children in the Oak Cliff community and to feed the homeless community through Impact Ministries.  He is an active member of the Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church and his favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8.

Currently, Jered attends Xavier University of Louisiana majoring in Biology. 


Grace Lee Fort Gouldsby, born in 1923 in Bowie County, Texas, attended Hooks public schools, graduating in 1941 and entered Bishop College in 1942. She graduated in 1946 with a Bachelors degree. She did graduate work at Prairie View A&M University and East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas. Mrs. Gouldsby started her teaching career at Center Point Boarding High School, Pittsburgh, Texas, where she did her student teaching in 1946.

She accepted her first teaching assignment at Wynn High School in Garland City, Arkansas where she taught homemaking and coached girls’ athletics. During the various stages of her teaching career, in the colored school system and after integration, she taught Elementary, Junior High and High School. Areas of concentration included the head start program, remedial reading, home economics and Braille instruction. She was an active community leader and worked with children       in the 4-H Club, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts (Den Mother) and was a dietician mother and extension agent.

 Her family established the Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit corporation, on the occasion of her           retirement from the teaching profession in June of 1989. It was a means of expressing their love and appreciation for Mrs. Gouldsby’s unsparing devotion to excellence in education.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a meritorious high school graduate to assist in furthering his/her education. The recipients of the award exhibit excellence in leadership and scholarship. The initial Scholarship Committee was selected by Mrs. Gouldsby, which was comprised of members of the community. Today, the Scholarship Committee is comprised of citizens from the community and board members determines awards. Over the years, many people have made generous contributions to the Foundation particularly during the period after Mrs. Gouldsby’s untimely death in 1991. Contributions are tax deductible and go directly into the Scholarship Foundation. The experience, energy and dedication that Grace Fort Gouldsby brought to the field of education greatly enriched our children, our community, and our overall quality of life, and the Scholarship Foundation is one way of continuing her life-long commitment to quality education and quality life.

The Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to the many patrons, fiends, and family members who have supported their efforts to assist these deserving young persons. The goal is to raise enough funds to ensure that the Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation will continue in perpetuity, and with your help we can make this goal a reality.

Devotion to Excellence in Education

Grace Fort Gouldsby, shown below with her 1954 3rd grade class in Hooks, Bowie County, TX, is the name sake of the Foundation. She began her teaching career at the historic Center Point School in Pittsburgh, TX, which was a boarding school known for its premier education that educated students from cities and towns across the country.

Meet the board Members

Mattye Gouldsby Jones

Isaac Gouldsby
Vice President

John Hicks

Yolanda Franklin

Stephanie Blakely

George Gouldsby
Community Outreach

Cathy Carreathers
Community Outreach

"The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream."
- Harry Kemp

News & Events

Devotion to Excellence
Dedication during uncertain times.
New Year New Decade
We are excited about 2020!
New Partner: North Texas Giving Day
Donations accepted beginning September 9th.
Strikes for Scholars Photos
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Celebrating Black History Month
30 Years of Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation.

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